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Woman sues Tulane School of Medicine for malpractice after husband's death

By Andrey Burin | Jul 20, 2015


NEW ORLEANS – A woman is suing the Tulane University School of Medicine and a physician employed there claiming that medical malpractice caused her husband's death stemming from gastrointestinal problems.

Heather Leeming, individually and on behalf of her minor child, Kobe Leeming, and her deceased husband, James D. Leeming, filed filed suit against The Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund, Tulane University School of Medicine, and Dr. Michael Royster in the Orleans Parish First Civil District Court on May 28.

The plaintiff asserts that her husband was admitted to Tulane in May 2011 for a gastrointestinal bleed and was under the care of the facility's medical staff until his death a month later. She asserts that her husband's death was caused by excessive blood loss from a GI bleed.

The defendant physician is accused of failing to properly examine and evaluate the patient, failing to in a timely fashion alert the attending physician of his deteriorating condition and blood loss, and failing to move him from his patient room to the ICU in a timely manner.

The plaintiff is seeking an unspecified amount in damages for the pre-death mental and physical pain and suffering of her husband, medical bills and expenses as well as funeral expenses for him, as well as for wrongful death on behalf of herself and her minor son.

The plaintiff is represented by Metairie-based attorney Gayle Reynolds.

This case has been assigned to Div. I Judge Piper D. Griffin

Case no. 2015-05121.

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